Mass Rising
Jack's Abby Brewing

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Lager - India Pale Lager (IPL)
Ranked #2
Ranked #1,203
4.26 | pDev: 7.98%
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: In the spirit of our local history we are revolting against the status quo. We are writing our own story by fueling the fire surrounding extra hoppy beers. We infuse Mass Rising with increasing amounts of American hops during the kettle, hopbock and dry hopping processes. Together, we have taken a journey to redefine the term 'lager.'
IBUs 100 IBU
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to WunderLlama for this one from a recent ninja box. 16oz can (dated 10/1/20) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very hazy orangeish yellow color with an inch of white head that had good retention and extremely light lacing.

The aroma was hop forward, just a bit of malt/grain, with some cattiness and citrus notes.

Pretty similar on the tongue, with the cattiness subdued and the citrus being a bit brighter.

The body was medium, leaning towards full, had good carb, and a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability was good, and I'd like to have it again, but I don't think I'd want two in a row.

Overall, a pretty nice brew, and one I'd like to have again. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

Mar 07, 2021
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: fast heading head no lacing but clear with a amber color
S, hard to standout light toasted bread

t pops toasty bread is the star

M is crisp and clean

Feb 06, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/1/20

From the innovators of the style, we have the second highest rated IPL on this site. I haven’t had many of the style, but Jack’s Abby usually hits home runs with this kind of thing, obviously

Pours a lightly cloudy orange gold with 3 fingers of white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves patchy lacing

Aroma-wise, this might as well just be a standard IPA, maybe a double. I think the only lager-like quality is the crisp freshness. I’m picking up on notes of general citrus, spicy hops, juicy mango, papaya, and crisp bready malt

The taste at least brings more of that clean lager yeast to keep things light. On the front end I’m tasting light pine, lemon peel, herbal hops, and a touch of pepper. The swallow brings notes of more floral hops, crisp malt, papaya, and light pithy grapefruit

Drinks unbelievably light for the abv, absolutely unreal. A light medium body pairs with gentle carbonation for a super refreshing beer. The finish is not quite dry, but also not sticky

An incredible beer here, I’m still amazed at how easy it drinks for 8%. I’ll definitely be revisiting this one again

Jan 26, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8,0%, IBU 100. Unfiltered and unpasteurised. Hazy golden colour, large white head. Lovely aroma of American hops, notes of tropical fruits, wood and pine, some malty notes too. The flavour has some malts and caramel sweetness, but is first and foremost hoppy, with fruity and piney notes, and a solid but not too extreme bitterness in the finish. In a blind test i would have guessed that this was a double IPA. Must be one of the better golden lagers I’ve had.

Jan 23, 2021
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When fresh this has to be the best possible example of a very hoppy, very big lager. The only negative here is that the lager-ness gets fairly lost in the hops (could pass as an IPA) but it's still a fantastic beer. So much flavor start to finish. Absolutely delicious. yb

Nov 10, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that left a collar around the edge and some wisps of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrusy and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of mangos along with notes of lemons and hints of herbal hops, the latter of which linger and become stronger in the finish. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very aggressively hopped and has lots of aromas of tropical fruits and citrus but has the nice type of clean mouthfeel you would expect from a pilsner.

Serving type: can

Mar 01, 2020
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with a heavy haze and orange hues. Poured with a short, creamy, bright white foam with medium low retention. Earthy, herbal hop aromas with sweet malty, bready and boozy notes. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Light creamy smooth feel with pleasant boozy warmth from the middle to the end. Medium herbal high hop flavors up front followed by medium bready malt. Medium light hop bitterness through the middle followed by sweet malt and expanding booziness. Finished with bready malt notes, light herbal hops, light booziness and mellow hop bitterness. Hop presence nicely balances the competing malty and boozy characters. Mellow, flavorful and pretty easy drinking for an imperial.

Sep 18, 2018
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Amendm from Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 16-oz. can dated 03/28/18 poured slowly into a 20-oz. mug creates a finger sized white froth with lots of lacing.
The head slowly shrinks to a cap as the lacing continues thoughout the drink.
Golden yellow with slight haze and small rising, head supporting bubbles.
The smell features sweet and grainy malts, tropical hops and a faint spicy hot hop kick.
The taste begins with a piney hop bitterness as the rich sweeter malts fill in the middle along with citrus and tropical fruit flavors. The taste finishes bitter with the spicy hot hops kicked up a notch, white pepper and paprika.
Medium body and above average carbonation, smooth even feel as it dries. Alcohol is barely noticable.
Big flavors yet easy to drink. It says EXTRA HOPPY on the back of the can and they delivered.
Ale like in body and taste. Best lager I have tried so far, dare I say best beer.

Aug 01, 2018
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Bluecrow from New York

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

--rich yellow can pour with a bit of haze; aroma is tropical. The flavor is rich with mango and orange. The brew is a tad hot, but has a smooth mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is light to moderate and quite pleasant.

Jul 21, 2018
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can.
A big, hoppy lager, more in the spirit of a classic Imperial IPA than what you'd expect from a Pilsner. Lots of big pine and grapefruit rind hops and strong bitterness that's balanced by some noticeable alcohol and a crisp malt base, and a dry finish.
Overall very nice!

Jul 13, 2018
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

canned 03/19/18

L-The beer pours a hazy orange with a full 2 finger white head. The head recedes to a thin film leaving thick clumps of lacing in its wake.
S- The nose is sweet citrus up front finishing with a bit of dankness.
T- On the palate the sweetness noted on the nose is much more muted. While there is still an abundance of citrus, it is more grapefruit than orange. Bitterness is moderate in the finish and the beer finishes dry.
F- Overall the mouthfeel is medium. There is a subtle slickness beneath the accompanying dry finish.
O- Another excellent IPL from the JA guys. Well worth a shot for hop heads.

May 27, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

1.92/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Surprisingly disappointing beer considering the relatively high ratings here. An amped-up pilsner with a golden color and creamy white head, the beer is far too boozy and exhibits a strong imbalance between hoppy taste and alcoholic content.

May 25, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy, translucent gold with a creamy white head. Moderate retention, with rings of lacing.

S: Ruby red grapefruit flesh, orange zest, pineapple, white bread crust, honey, clover.

T: Huge punch of pineapple and grapefruit upfront. Red grapefruit flesh and blood orange as well as bitter pith, orange peel, lemon. White bread malt with a kiss of honey sweetness. Crisp, clean, and lightly dry; with a touch of pine needle and then a lingering, moderate grapefruit/blood orange bitterness.

F: Medium/medium-full, well-carbonated, fills rich and full on the palate, yet moves quickly. Is extremely drinkable, not too much sweetness or bitterness.

O: This is fantastic, delicious DIPL. Absolutely recommended to any hophead.

Apr 30, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having on tap at George Keeley, NYC.
Pours a slightly cloudy yellow straw color with hints of orange and gold. A neat and orderly bed of film skims over the surface. it soon dissipates and leaves a ring of lace.
The nose immediately hits you with fruity sweetness. There are notes of apricot, mango and citrus fruit. In the background, there are light notes of toasted malt.
The taste makes an impressions with its sweet, bready, thick and chewy malt backbone. The sweetness has a candi sugar feel to it. Furthermore, the hops presence is big and complex, yielding juicy and citrusy flavors of orange peel, grapefruit pith, and tropical fruits. The hops flavors also pack quite the herbal punch, with a potent combination of grass, pine and tobacco. Furthermore, this drink has quite the bitterness to it, playing against those sweet, juicy and malty flavors.
The mouthfeel is on the high side of medium and on the chewy side. The at times intense bitterness provides a prickle, and a nice dry finish that evokes pine resin. There is also a moderate alcohol spice throughout.
Hard to believe this is a lager considering it tastes so much like a DIPA. I don't have so much experience with this style, nevertheless, I thought it was pretty darn tasty.

Apr 23, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- pale orange, slightly hazy, 1 finger white head that doesn't go away and rings of lacing

Smell- honey, guava, strawberries, slightly dank

Taste- honey and bready malt up front quickly followed by dank and herbal hops that I didn't get in the nose, and that transitions nicely into a firm bitterness

Feel- soft and medium bodied , super smooth, bitter finish

Overall- really nice IPL with a malty sweetness balanced by herbal and bitter hops

Apr 19, 2018
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plaid75 from New York

3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured grainy malts with a pronounced DMS and herbal hop.

The taste was likewise grainy with a strong layered herbal element.

The mouthfeel was dry and slightly astringent.

Overall a mediocre experience.

Aug 16, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The lager backbone of this beer is pretty weak & washed-out, and the hop addition isn't enough to compensate. It isn't bad by any stretch, but just ends up flaccid & harmless - some danker tropical hop, vague malt, inoffensive, a little astringent

Aug 12, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a glossy yellow color with a nice looking subtle carbonation rising to fill a one finger lasting head. It eventually dies off into a film of a head. Nice filmy/almost semi-thick foaminess in the rings looked nicely. The aroma had some sweet grassy hops blending in with a little bit of spice smelling really nice. The taste was moderately sweet and bitter blending the hops with a low crisp to sweet malt consistency. There’s a nice crisp bready/lager aftertaste leading into a nice semi-sticky sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a nice sessionable feel. Carbonation feels low enough to allow a nice bitter to sweet feel on my tongue, nothing overly done, feels nice and crisp. Overall, good Imperial pale lager. I’d have again and would be a nice one with food.

Jun 07, 2017
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pouring a cold 16 oz can into a snifter. The beer pours a mostly clear goldenrod color with a fluffy bleached white head of 1 cm foaming up from the pour. The head fades slowly leaving tight lattice on the sides of my glass and some wispy islands on the surface of my beer.
The aroma is some fruity hops with citrus notes of orange and mango but also a bit of resin hit and herbal tea. Fairly complex hop character. I also get a bit of grainy malt but no hint of the ABV at this point.
The first sip reveals a clean crisp textured beer with very fine tingly carbonation. The body is average and overall the physical drinkability of the beer is very high.
Flavor is briefly sweet malt and then some fruit with white grape and orange notes, but then some more bitter hops come forth in my mouth. I get herbal tea bite and more of the pith and rind notes of citrus grapefruit. The bitterness lingers a bit but otherwise my palate dries after each sip and doesnt reveal the alcohol at all.
This is a great easy drinking big and interesting beer with complex flavors yet a clean profile. I enjoy these cans and could see myself buying these more regularly when I find them.

Jun 07, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 1.5 finger creamy white head. Retention is moderate and there are some sticky spots of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is bright and hoppy. Mango, pineapple, melon, citrus and a touch of peppery spice. There is a bit of bready malt flavor and lager yeast that come out as the beer warms.

Taste is the same. Starts off fruity and juicy, but finishes clean and dry with the breast malts taking over.

Feel is medium, well carbonated and slightly resinous up until the dry finish.

Overall this is a very good beer. It is obviously very very hoppy, but unlike some other beers in this category (such as Peak Organic Super Fresh) it actually has enough malt presence and yeast flavor to remind you that is a lager and not an IPA.

May 20, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bright gold, nice foamy white head with a good amount of lacing. Smells clean. Seriously! Smells of clean fruity and mild crisp malt which transcends through aroma and feel. So easy to drink. Bright, flavorful without being obnoxious, clean, crisp, and even balanced somehow despite its 100 ibu. I could drink this every day. Cheers!

May 11, 2017
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 04/03. Clear golden pour with intensely sticky finger of white. Light fruits and a hint of spice on the nose belying the 100 IBUs. Flavor is just fantastic. Definitely a hop bomb most of the journey through the sip, but offset by the lightness and bready malt flavor. Finish is very clean for as bitter as this gets mid-sip. Another really solid offering from Jack's.

Apr 25, 2017
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GabrielEVH from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep yellow, hint of orange. Clear. Great, persistent lacing.

Smell: Pear, green apple, white grape. Reminds me of fresh Dogfish Head 60min.

Taste: Follows nose, plus some resiny sweetness. Malt profile is balanced to suit it. Very little alcohol detected.

Feel: Nothing jumps out, which is good. Thickness is a touch lighter than you'd expect for a similar ale. I'd say medium
to medium-light. Carb is refreshing but not overly soft, which is fine for a lager.

Overall: JA really is top notch with lPLs and DIPLs. Always a nice experience to compare with their ale counterparts.

Apr 21, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16 0z tallboy can > imperial pint glass 100 ibu 8% abv. Unfiltered Unpasteurized

A practically clear white hazy gold color. Excellent carbonation with a rocky, seafoam style cap to prove it. Sloooow dissipation. Plenty of lace. Big lace!

A huge hoppy nose! Wet-hop like power, major earthy tones, sour fruit, pineapple, herbal and spicy, a very excellent and bold hop smell. The lager yeast adds a very wonderful sour-earthy funk and baked wheat bread effect that really sets this apart. As much as I'm tired of DIPA...the DIPL seems pretty exciting.

The flavor is simply awesome. The balance between some mega hoppy flavor's and bold lager is as perfect as I could imagine. Ultra dry and crispy bite lends itself to big earthy notes like crispy dry wheat and corn. The lager edge gives a baked bread and herbs effect. The malt has amazing depth of charecter, bready and wildly crisp. I love how subtle the 100 ibu's are, never do the hops get bitter, dry and earthy for sure but never bitter. The hops stay in touch with the earthy tones mostly, herbal and mildly spicy effect with subtle pineapple and light tropical fruits, but mostly dominated by classic earthy, old world tasting hops. Some sour citrus and tangy fruity hop flavor's pop out more as the liquid warms. I'm finding it very hard to believe this is 8% abv. It's, dangerously sessionable for such a big hoppy lager. Once again, I'm amazed by the balance of the dominant flavor's and depth of the various subtle one's.

The feel, I touched on briefly, but it's very crisp, light to medium feel, full and lush finish, jazzy till the end. I was expectinng a much "heavier" feel.

If this was a DIPA I would rank it among the Heady Toppers, Sip of Sunshine and Green's level of quality. As a's practically in it's own league! High grade stuff.

Apr 19, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-draught @ Milk and Hops Chelsea.

Everything an IPL should be, though hop selection could be more interesting and a lighter more refreshing body would be ideal.


Apr 18, 2017
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